With a few tips and tricks, you don’t have to be a professional to have a great makeup look. It has taken me years to learn my face shape, what colors flatter me, how much to apply, and how to apply it. You don’t need to spend hours doing your makeup. Once you have a routine down, you’ll see how much makeup can accentuate your best features and hide those that aren’t as favorable. Here are a few makeup tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years!
1. Make Eyeshadows Pop
Have any of you ever purchased a vibrant eyeshadow that appears rather dull when applied to the lid? The key to making these colors pop is a white base. Use a white eyeliner all over the lid before applying your eyeshadows. My favourite white eyeliner to use is the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk which retails for about $4.49.
2. Plastic Spoon
Use a plastic spoon underneath your eyes to easily apply mascara to your bottom lashes. This prevents mascara from getting on the skin underneath your eyes and allows you to apply a much thicker coat. Or, if you find your under eyes to be a complete mess after applying eyeshadow, use eyeshadow shields that will catch the fall out.
3. Scotch Tape
This unconventional beauty aid will help guide you when you apply eyeshadows and eyeliner. If you use this trick I’d recommend sticking it on your hand a few times before applying to your eye, this makes sure the tape won’t pull at the skin too much.
4. Eye Highlights
The placement of highlights is very important when doing your eye makeup. Your lighter colors (whites, creams, or pearls) should be applied to the inner corner, middle of your eyelid, and just under your brow bone.
5. How To Fix Clumpy Mascara
Let’s face it, this happens to every tube of mascara over time. It dries out and starts to have unattractive clumps of mascara. A way to fix this is add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube of mascara. The Visine will soften the mascara making it apply as if it was brand new!
6. Lipstick Ready
To exfoliate your lips you can use a toothbrush or make a homemade lip exfoliate with brown sugar, honey and coconut oil. This isn’t as effective but you can also use lip balm to soften the lips. For the homemade lip exfoliate I use about 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, and 1 tbsp of honey.
7. Make Eyes Appear Bigger
If you don’t already own a nude pencil, invest in one just for this simple trick! Instead of lining you water line with black eye liner, use a nude liner to give the illusion of bigger eyes. If you want a more dramatic effect use white liner but if you’re going for a soft look I’d recommend a nude liner.
8. The Perfect Match
This is one thing that doesn’t matter how well it is applied, if it’s the wrong color, it looks terrible! We all dread that our foundation will give us a ghost face or even worse, that dreaded orange jawline. Match your foundation to you neck NOT your face, Your face tends to be more exposed to the sun then your neck, so your face tends to be a little darker than the rest of your body.
9. Proper Contouring
When applied right, contouring can define your cheekbones and jawline, reduce the look of a double chin, minimize the size of a larger nose, and lift sagging eyes. It’s using makeup to highlight and accentuate your features. This is especially important for photos, a camera tends to pick up light and shadows better than the naked eye.
Your t-zone and under eyes is typically where you want to apply the highlight. The outer portion of your face such as underneath your cheekbones, jawline and your forehead is where you want to apply the contour. There are many contouring kits but you can also use a powder a few shades darker for contouring and a foundation a few shades lighter to highlight.
10. Cutting False Lashes
Whenever you are cutting false lashes make sure to cut from the outer corner not the inner corner. Most lashes don’t fit everybody’s eyes so I’d recommend cutting them to the length of your lash line to appear more natural and flattering to your eye.